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Eileen Miller

“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.”

 
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About Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive arts therapy is a way to explore and make meaning of your life. Using a mix of imagery, colour, texture, sound, words, sensations and other forms, it can help you to notice and express thoughts and feelings that are difficult to communicate. Discussion about your work and the art making process can help you gain insight and make sense of your experiences.


Experience or skill in art is not required in order to successfully engage in art therapy. It is not about making “good art”.

The term expressive arts therapy is used to describe our inclusion of all of the arts in what we call art therapy (including any new creative methods we discover on the day) and the value of expressing what we hold inside our bodies. We can offer opportunities to work across a range of forms, including the visual arts (e.g. painting, collage, pencils, pastels, textas), poetry, narrative, clay, sandplay, installations, photography, digital drawing, editing and animation, objects, textiles, movement, music, dance and drama. Also known as creative arts therapists, our training is multi-modal and is sometimes seen as distinct from an "Art Therapist" trained only in visual art. There are also practitioners who specialise in other creative forms such as music therapy, dance therapy, or drama therapy.

Remember that you do not need to be an experienced art maker and you do not need to participate in any activities if you do not feel comfortable. We will be guided by you. 

All of the creative therapies can build self-esteem, self-worth and confidence. It can also support you in problem-solving, developing insights and self-awareness, managing stress and enhancing relationships.

 

Our Team

Crayons and Stuff Therapeutic Arts Practitioners

If you’re looking for quality art therapy sessions with a certified practitioner that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. Crayons and Stuff practitioners have a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice and are eligible for membership of the Australian, New Zealand, and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association.

 
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Alisoun Neville

Founder / Director

Arts Therapy Services

Crayons and Stuff offer individual art therapy, art therapy groups, customised workshops, and professional development.


Individual and group art therapy may be funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT), or Family Violence Packages. There is a sliding scale, subject to income, for people who are unable to access government support.

There are many reasons people want to try expressive arts therapy. This may include but is not limited to Social Isolation / COVID-19; Abuse; Trauma; Mental Health and Disability; Self-Worth and Confidence: Self-Care: Health and Disability: Social Interaction and Communication: Navigating Relationships: Grief and Loss; Identity; Sexuality / LGBTIQA+; Culture / Racism; Workplaces: Life Transitions: Personal Growth and Wellbeing: Creative Expression. 

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Individual Therapy

Offered by: Alisoun, Sally

Individual art therapy combines traditional counselling techniques with a range of creative approaches. Your therapist may invite you to represent or explore your story creatively at key points in the session (e.g. through a painting, movement, an object, or poem). This may feel daunting at first but can be very powerful as a process and you will not have to do anything you do not want to do. No skill or experience in art making is necessary.

A standard art therapy appointment is 60 minutes but longer sessions can be negotiated as needed. Sessions are available to adults, children, and young people.

We can only see women and girls in person at Eve Studio (trans and non-binary inclusive), but can offer other arrangements for everyone else.  Women attending Eve for the first time will also receive a free week of unlimited fitness classes which can be used across the Preston and Brunswick studios. You will receive this pass when you come to your first appointment and you can redeem it when suits you. Eve Studio members get 10% off all appointments.

NDIS sessions can be funded under Improved Daily Living.

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Art Therapy Groups

Offered by: Sally

Crayons and Stuff is taking expressions of interest for expressive arts therapy groups, with a view to starting when we have enough interest and COVID restrictions allow. Please get in touch and let us know what you are looking for.


Please get in touch if you want more information about NDIS funding for Crayons and Stuff art therapy groups.

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Workshops and Professional Development

Offered by: Alisoun

Using creativity as a form of inquiry can help in other ways. When facilitated safely, with appropriate training and care, it can help build connections between us, support us to think differently and find innovative solutions to the problems we are facing.

If you are looking on behalf of an organisation, we offer customised workshops to support your teams to tackle new challenges with creativity and innovation, discover new strategies for personal self-care, or use arts-based methods to explore shared values, needs, and preferred ways of being.

Ask now about our processes of facilitated inquiry for organisations and their workplaces, including not for profit, government, and corporate settings.